To help meet future water demand, avoid water shortage, and reduce our dependence on potable water, the City has built a reclaimed water system to provide irrigation water in several areas of Panama City Beach. Reclaimed water is produced by the advanced treatment of wastewater collected from home and businesses.
The highly treated water is conveyed to a reclaimed water storage and pumping facility with the capability of holding 10 million gallons of water. Reclaimed water gives the Panama City Beach a dependable, year-round, and locally controlled water resource. Using reclaimed water is cost-effective, reliable, and good for the environment.
Reclaimed Water Uses
Landscape irrigation is the only approved use of reclaimed water within the City of Panama City Beach. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection sets the standards for required levels of treatment and uses for reclaimed water. These standards are included in the Florida Code of Regulation, Title Chapter 62-610.
Rules and Regulations
There are extensive rules and regulations covering reclaimed water usage. These include proper signage and making sure all pipes, sprinkler heads, meter boxes, and other irrigation equipment are marked or color-coded purple. This is done to distinguish them from potable supplies and to avoid any potential cross-connection. . Reclaimed water not permitted to use reclaimed water to spray sidewalks, driveways, roadways, ponds, creeks, swimming pools, etc. Also, it is not permitted to use reclaimed water for irrigation of vegetable gardens, unless drip irrigation is used. The City’s Cross-Connection personnel will work with customers to ensure they are in compliance with all State and local laws. Approved uses include irrigation of parks, residential and commercial landscaping, golf courses, and wetland projects.
Steps for Using Reclaimed Water
1. Verify if your location can receive reclaimed water.
2. Customers sign a User Agreement to comply with the rules and regulations for reclaimed water use. To receive reclaimed water, there must be an in-ground irrigation system with a rain gauge (required per Florida Statute 373.62) or hose bib in a locked box. A backflow device must be installed on the drinking water supply. After connecting to a reclaimed water source, use of potable water for irrigation purposes will not be allowed.
3. Commercial projects with meter sizes larger than 2 inches will need authorized representatives to submit irrigation system design drawings to the City for review, approval, and pay the appropriate plan review fee. A conceptual drawing of the customer’s site is required for approval by the City of Panama City Beach.
4. The City will determine the fee for installing the appropriate sized meter. Once the customer pays the required fees, the City will process a work order and schedule installation. An annual inspection or cross-connection control test will be required by the City for each reclaimed water service. Customer will receive written notification via mail before the inspection date.
Please note: You will need to call Shedric Walker, Reclaimed Water Technician, at (850) 233-5054, ext. 2403 to schedule an inspection to verify all of the above requirements are met. Service will not be initiated until a satisfactory inspection is completed.